Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE English for Professional Communication 1

LEVEL 00 - Mod Pre-Tert, Foundation, Proficiency & DegreePlus

ECTS CREDITS Not Applicable

DEPARTMENT Degree Plus Programme

DESCRIPTION This unit is for students who wish to improve their skills in professional uses of English. Groups will not be larger than 20 students, which make individual guidance more feasible. A non-formal assessment exercise of students' proficiency in English usage generally will be made at the start of the unit. This will assist the tutor in tailoring the sessions to the specific needs of participants.

Coverage of considerations involving improved style, usage, and tone will also be followed up with practice in the writing of formal correspondence, reports, and official documentation.

The last sessions of the unit may also provide introductory practice in the delivery of formal presentations and in public speaking.

Note: This is a unit offered at post-basic level, and the sessions will therefore not be entirely discipline-specific.

Learning Objectives:

• To introduce students to the importance of appropriate handling of professional uses of language;
• To enhance students' sensitivity to matters of usage, style, tone, and nuance in contexts where formal and/or professional idiom is called for;
• To provide opportunities for written and spoken practice in English for Professional Purposes.

Unit Material:

Appropriate unit material will be provided by the tutors during the sessions. There are no set texts for the unit, though tutors may recommend appropriate manuals to students who would like to take their work in this area further.


In keeping with the spirit of Degree Plus, there is no formal assessment associated with the unit. Students will however be assigned a practical task to carry out under the supervision of the unit tutor. This will allow monitoring of their progress in their handling of English for Professional Purposes. A certificate of attendance and of satisfactory completion of the unit will be provided at the end of the semester.

Note: Degree plus units are not designed to be incrementally burdensome in terms of the many academic demands placed on students during their undergraduate years. Both the sessions and the assessment in "English for Professional Communication 1" will be modulated in a way which will keep that consideration firmly in view.

ADDITIONAL NOTES This unit may not be offered if there are an insufficient number of applicants.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Attendance No 100%

LECTURER/S Joseph Noel Grima (Co-ord.)
Odette Vassallo (Co-ord.)

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It should be noted that all the information in the description above applies to study-units available during the academic year 2020/1. It may be subject to change in subsequent years.